Unfavorable weather conditions while driving can considerably increase the risk of having an accident. Strong winds, storms, rain, snow, and fog, among others, can affect our ability to drive well. These events can influence the driver’s control of the vehicle by affecting the car’s performance, reducing the driver’s visibility, reducing the tires’ grip on slippery pavement, lessening reaction in brakes, and more.
According to the Federal Highway Administration, approximately 5,748,000 accidents involving motor vehicles take place every year. It is estimated that about 22% of these accidents are weather-related. Now, out of this 22%, 73% of the accidents occur due to wet pavement, and 46% occur while raining. The results are dire, resulting in an average of 5,897 deaths and thousands of people injured.
Even more concerning are weather-related accidents that involve trucks and trailers. These monstrous machines can weigh up to 80,000 tons, including their cargo; therefore, drivers require excellent training, skills, and experience to control them. Now imagine having to do so under bad and dangerous weather conditions.
Trucks drivers must strictly follow the rules and safety tips to minimize risks and the chances of accidents. Within these rules, it is stated that truck drivers can only drive for a certain number of hours, having to take breaks in between. In addition, they must be well-rested before getting behind the wheel to avoid driving while feeling tired or drowsy. Tired and drowsy driving is another situation that has caused a lot of accidents across the country.
But, is there any indication of what to do when driving in bad weather conditions? Yes, there is. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, when a truck driver is driving under risky conditions, he must exercise extreme caution. Furthermore, suppose weather conditions are hazardous due to snow, fog, rain, etc. In that case, drivers should slow down, use emergency lights to alert other drivers, be prepared to break suddenly, drive defensively, and pull over in a safe place. Drivers may continue their journey when conditions are safe to do so.
If you or a loved one has been involved in this type of accident, contact SM Law immediately. We will analyze your case and see how we can help you!